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    Default Is a tripod a "MUST" for night photography??

    I have tried to shoot without tripod...and all my pictures so blur and distorted...so a tripod is a must?? Night photography at smaller aperture and the shutter speed will be very slow..so hand held is impossible???

    Need some advise thanks
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    read up read up

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    if ur hand is not steady pls pls use a tripod, if not how can a picture be clear. Unless you use a high ISO. But high ISO will have noises.

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    Default Re: Is a tripod a "MUST" for night photography??

    Quote Originally Posted by rysouke View Post
    I have tried to shoot without tripod...and all my pictures so blur and distorted...so a tripod is a must?? Night photography at smaller aperture and the shutter speed will be very slow..so hand held is impossible???

    Need some advise thanks
    Haha... yes. Either you use a tripod, or you improvise by resting your camera on a table and do not touch it while it takes a photo with a long exposure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astrorion View Post
    if ur hand is not steady pls pls use a tripod, if not how can a picture be clear. Unless you use a high ISO. But high ISO will have noises.
    i have tried set to a high ISO...but just wont work for me..
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    Quote Originally Posted by rysouke View Post
    i have tried set to a high ISO...but just wont work for me..
    did you use big aperture e.g. 2.8 instead of 5.6..

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    Default Re: Is a tripod a "MUST" for night photography??

    A tripod is recommended unless you got hands of steel. Alternative ways is to use a beanbag/camera bag/dustbin or anything that you can rest your camera on. As it's quite hard to get the camera to certain height with these found objects, a tripod is the best equipment you can invest in.

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    A fast len, high sputter speed & high ISO should do the job.

    But high ISO is not really advisable for night scene ( noise ) unless you are using a FX body which can handled picture at high ISO very well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reuters View Post
    did you use big aperture e.g. 2.8 instead of 5.6..
    no..i use f5.6..and shutter speed is about 0.6s...
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    if u doesnt want to use tripod, u will have to upgrade to fullframe

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    trade your 500D for a 5DMK2, done. hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeremy1 View Post
    A fast len, high sputter speed & high ISO should do the job.

    But high ISO is not really advisable for night scene ( noise ) unless you are using a FX body which can handled picture at high ISO very well.
    what does FX mean?? i have a setting in my camera that can reduce high ISO noise..and i set it to strong...hope it will reduce noise with high iso setting...
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    Quote Originally Posted by spooN View Post
    trade your 500D for a 5DMK2, done. hehe
    hahahhaa...5d mk2 dont need tripod??? why?? maybe can think of it...if i strike toto...hahaha
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    sorry, but is this a must ask question?

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    did u use image stabilizer? It can help if ur shutter speed is not extremely slow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by android17 View Post
    did u use image stabilizer? It can help if ur shutter speed is not extremely slow.
    my wide angle lens dont have IS...
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    Default Re: Is a tripod a "MUST" for night photography??

    If its night scenes you are shooting, you are just wasting your time getting out there without a tripod.

    As you said, low light photography slows the shutter speed down significantly. That's one reason why tripod is not only a good tool to have, its a necessacity. Besides providing you with a stable base to take photographs, tripod allows you to work your composition in a more precise manner e.g. straighthening your horizons and vertical lines, controlling your perspectives, etc, all of which are critical to contributing to the success of a photo. No high ISO body or IS/VR, whatever can help you with that.

    You know what's causing your photos to fail but still ask if you need a tripod. Don't be lazy, haul that tripod with you and be rewarded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kit View Post
    If its night scenes you are shooting, you are just wasting your time getting out there without a tripod.

    As you said, low light photography slows the shutter speed down significantly. That's one reason why tripod is not only a good tool to have, its a necessacity. Besides providing you with a stable base to take photographs, tripod allows you to work your composition in a more precise manner e.g. straighthening your horizons and vertical lines, controlling your perspectives, etc, all of which are critical to contributing to the success of a photo. No high ISO body or IS/VR, whatever can help you with that.

    You know what's causing your photos to fail but still ask if you need a tripod. Don't be lazy, haul that tripod with you and be rewarded.
    hahaha...acutally today is my first try and i din know that a tripod is really very important ...cause i went for shooting after work...that why i nv bring a tripod...
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    I hope you realise how important a tripod is and move on to adopting a mentality of not even thinking of taking a shot at all without the tripod.

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    Default Re: Is a tripod a "MUST" for night photography??

    There is no short cut on taking good picture....some scene like water flow, light trails etc can't do without a steady stand....high ISO, large apeture is useless because you can't achive long exposure....sometime you may even need it in day time if you stop the light down with ND filters
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